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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). MASK? Check. Full white suit? Check. Radio and batteries? Check. Enough food for weeks of isolation? Check.  Dad-of-two Ruairidh McLeod, from Fife, Scotland, runs through his list of supplies on a daily basis, having spent almost £400 building up a giant stockpile of food, water and emergency items for ‘coronavirus doomsday’.  From dozens of cans of food and a fire extinguisher, to duct tape to help construct a makeshift quarantine room and even masks and goggles, Ruairidh, 40, has ensured his family are ready for the worst.  Coronavirus – also known as ‘snake flu’ was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan less than two months ago and so far more than 1,300 people have died from it.  A total of nine patients in England have tested positive so far and more than 1,300 people have died from it around the world. Read our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates  While there are yet to be any reported cases in Scotland, Ruairidh believes the killer virus is spiralling out of control and admits he’s concerned it could even get as bad as the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused 50 to 100 million deaths.  “I don’t want to be alarmist, but it’s really, really bad. If I was religious I would pray right now,” he tells the Sun Online.  In fact, Ruairidh fears it could eventually reach the point where he’s forced to pull his nine-year-old son and daughter, six, out of school so they can lock themselves away and avoid being contaminated.  While he’s hesitant to take such drastic measures yet, he’s made sure he’s prepared for four to eight weeks of isolation – despite his friends and wife Sue believing he’s just being paranoid. ‘We need to shut the country down and stay indoors’  Ruairidh first started stockpiling the items after coming across a YouTube video warning of the speedy spread of the virus.  “It’s like I had a sort of gut feeling that this was going to be unprecedented,” he says. “No-one seemed to realise.  “My wife has come on board now… but at first she didn’t get it at all.  “She said, ‘what are you doing? Don’t spend too much money’. I said, at the end of the day – and I’d say this to anyone – if you can afford to do it, you might as well.”  “Basically as soon as I got paid this month I went out and started buying as much as I could afford,” he says.  Ruairidh – who openly admits his stockpiling has become somewhat of an obsession – believes the only real way that the virus will be truly contained now is if every country affected shuts down and people stay indoors.  “It seems to me that the only way you can hope to contain it is if people do – this sounds crazy – but places need to just shut down and everyone needs to stay in their houses,” he explains.  Among Ruairidh’s extensive l

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